"A Passage to India" requires no praise—it is an acknowledged classic of English fiction. With a small cast of key characters—Dr Aziz, Adela Quested, Cyril Fielding—he imagines and critiques the structure of the British Raj and the rise of Indian nationalism. The difficulties these characters encounter, as they try to forge personal relationships across cultural and political divides, are real and moving. Forster's style is concise and ironic. His prose is full of beautiful descriptions, terse analysis and proverbial maxims. The dialogue is natural and convincing.
All in all, the book gives a powerful account of the end of the Raj, and is a fabulous story to boot.
The only problem with this edition was the price. Classics are usually cheaper than this on Kindle. Perhaps I would have felt less cheated had there been scholarly apparatus in the edition (i.e. and introduction and notes), which would also have helped with some of the historical references in the story.
The novel is highly recommended (though no-one, surely, needs this recommendation), the edition moderately recommended.
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (General UK); 1 edition (1 February 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241214998
- ISBN-13: 978-0241214992
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2 x 18.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)